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One of the locals told me this bird was called a Mountain Blue Bird but I'm not sure it is. He said they were nearly extinct. They have put in nest boxes for them.
Beautiful capture. Love the light and POV.
Might be a swallow Sandy--- not much like the blubirds we see----
Great picture though!
That is a purple Martin Sandy. They are 1/3rd or more larger than the barn or tree swallow. In 2003 a university in Oregon had Martin houses installed on pylons from Northern California up to Campbell River, Vancouver Island BC. Ca.
There regular homes were old hollow tree snags and we clever humans cut them all down. Their numbers dropped then, but now they are fully restored due to human supplied housing.
The nesting boxes you mentioned could be your local program or an extension of the Oregon effort. Main thing though...a happy ending. TG
Quote: Might be a swallow Sandy--- not much like the blubirds we see----
Great picture though!
that's exactly what I thought too. But they do have a lot of blue on them. The swallows I've seen at home have more emerald green. But sure resembles a swallow.
Thanks Tony. It's so good when somebody can answer these questions.
That looks like a juvenile or female. The mature male is all very dark navy in colour. OOoops, I should have said, 'Their' regular homes....above. TG
Some of the things we do to other creatures is sometimes hard to ....... But a wonderful image, and a happy outcome.
Well captured, Sandy, a beautiful colour. Carol
I think the Purple Martin label may be a mistake.. While this bird has a shoulder collar and the tree swallow has a white chest and No collar a juvenile Martin seemed logical.
Using the barbed wire as a size comparison this one looks small for a Martin. The more likely ident may be a variation on the tree swallow.
Sorry to mislead, but I would rather try for accuracy rather than worry about losing face.
I have all the bird books and still we are often left guessing. TG
Maybe your informant was correct....so rare as to be unlisted. it is a swallow though.
brilliant detail sandy wonderful colour and tones love the pose a cracker nice one
Lovely image Daisy.
Some debate as to it's species, but a very good image of this Martin/Swallow Sandy
I'll leave identification to those much more knowledgable than me although Martin seems good. Whatever Sandy you have an excellent capture to be proud of.
Nicely captured, Sandy. I'd played around in google images before reading the above comments and it did resemble best a tree swallow.
Bird on a wire eh? good dof here makes the subject stand out.
Whatever he is, he's a fine looking chap! Lovely capture, Sandy
great song that one bird on a wire as long as it sang by jennifer Warnes good capture and barbed wire adds Sandy
Whichever variety this little bird turns out to be, he/she/it is very lovely and I can only hope survives to swell the numbers!
Good shot Sandy with it sitting on the wire.
What a wonderful capture and so interesting to read Tony's comments.
Whatever his/her species he is its a very attractive bird - well spotted and captured
What a lovely capture,great write up about it Sandy..Lin
Looks like a Swallow to me too
Sandy what a delight
a beautiful capture
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